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Author Lee, Hermione.

Title Edith Wharton / Hermione Lee.

Imprint New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    813 Wharton,E LEE    Available
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description viii, 869 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Note "This is a Borzoi Book"--T.p. verso.
Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, c2007.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [765]-835) and index.
Contents An American in Paris -- Making up -- Pussy Jones -- Italian backgrounds -- The Decoration of Houses -- The republic of letters -- Obligations -- The legend -- Friends in England -- Mme. Warthon -- L'Ame close -- La demanderesse -- Getting what you want -- Fighting France -- Une seconde patrie -- Pavillon/Chateau -- The Age of Innocence -- Jazz -- A private library -- All souls' -- Edith Wharton's family tree.
Summary Biographer Lee gives us a new Edith Wharton--tough, startlingly modern, as brilliant and complex as her fiction. Born in 1862, Wharton escaped the suffocating fate of the well-born female, traveled adventurously in Europe and eventually settled in France. She developed a forceful literary professionalism and thrived in a luminous society that included Bernard Berenson, Aldous Huxley and most famously Henry James, who here emerges more as peer than as master. Wharton's life was fed by nonliterary enthusiasms as well: houses and gardens, relief efforts during the Great War, and the culture of the Old World, which she never tired of absorbing. Yet intimacy eluded her: unhappily married and childless, her one brush with passion came and went in midlife, an affair intimately recounted here. Lee interweaves Wharton's life with the evolution of her writing, the full scope of which shows her far to be more daring than her stereotype as lapidarian chronicler of the Gilded Age.--From publisher description.
Subject Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Women intellectuals -- United States -- Biography.
Americans -- France -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- France.
France -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
ISBN 0375400044

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